Pressure Buildings and Blackouts is Mark West's site-specific installation that engages with Storefront’s gallery space, its façade, and the street. Employing a technique in casting concrete with tension membranes, West created a series of sensual, organic concrete forms that extended onto the street via specially-carved openings in the gallery’s façade. These experiments allude to an entirely new, unexplored territory of organic form in architecture that promises less rigid built forms. For “Blackouts,” a series of drawings exhibited inside the gallery, West started with collages of found photographs. He then redrew by blackening and erasing them. Obscuring the authority vision implied from the perspectival system, “Blackouts” suggests blindness and indeterminacy as a new way of seeing the world.
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